Gas mains upgrade for Wisbech

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January sees the start of a major gas mains upgrade for Wisbech that will ensure safe and reliable gas supplies for decades to come.

National Grid will be renewing the gas mains in Old Market, Chapel Road, Castle Mews, Bridge Street, York Row, Post Office Lane. Work is due to start on Monday, January 5, and is expected to take 11 weeks. The existing iron gas mains will be replaced with tough plastic pipes that have a lifespan of at least 80 years.

To keep engineers and road-users safe, traffic management measures will be in place. There will be temporary traffic lights at The Chase, Chapel Road and at the side of the bank at Old Market. Temporary traffic lights will also be needed on Bridge Street at the junction of Nene Quay.

There will also be road closures which will include Post Office Lane and Alexandra Road. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Further details about the programme of work will be available, as the project gets under way.

National Grid authorising engineer Vince Doggett said: “This is essential work so that local residents can continue to benefit from safe and reliable gas supplies for many years in the future. To complete the project as quickly as possible and to minimise any disruption our work may cause we will be working seven days a week for most of the project.”

As part of the work service pipes will be replaced. These are the pipes that take gas from the gas main in the street to individual homes. Residents will be contacted in advance if work is carried out on these properties.

For further inquiries call National Grid customer services on 0800 0965678.